Forbes 2017 List of Highest Paid Women in the Music Industry

November 22, 2017 No Comment

1. Beyonce  $105 million
Beyonce who recently welcomed a set of twin with husband JayZ ranks the highest paid female musical art this year with the whooping sum of $105 million. Lemonade was a hit with both critics and fans, giving Beyoncé her sixth solo No. 1. The ensuing Formation World Tour, much of it falling into our list’s scoring period, grossed a quarter of a billion dollars.


2. ADELE $69 million
Super star singer who divided her award into two, after winning the Grammy award for album of the year last year, happens to be No 2 on forbes list with the sum of $69 million to herself.


3. Taylor Swift  $44 million
Her earnings are down from the peak of her 1989 Tour, yet Swift still lands in the top three. With the release of new album Reputation—already the bestselling album of 2017—which came after the end of this list’s scoring period, look for her earnings total to rise significantly in next year’s accounting.

4. Celine Dion  $42 million
The legendary songstress who took an Eight month break to care for her husband while he was sick in 2017 resumed a lucrative Las Vegas residency last February after going on hiatus in the wake of her husband’s January 2016 death; Dion is now back to playing some 70 gigs per year at Caesar’s Palace, where she banked $27 million pretax in 2016 alone.


5. Jennifer Lopez  $38 million
Jenny has a new show on the block: World of Dance, where she serves as a judge and executive producer. She still makes time for her own performances, raking in a six-figure nightly fee for her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, while adding to her bottom line with lucrative endorsements with the likes of L’Oreal.


6. Dolly Parton  $37 million
Though 71 years old, the queen of country still tours with the rigor of stars half her age, grossing mid-six figures per city across 63 dates during our scoring period. Thanks to those gigs and income from her Dollywood theme park, she’s also outearning whippersnappers like Rihanna and Katy Perry.


7. Rihanna  $36 million
The Fenty beauty queen and Barbados native makes the bulk of her bucks on the road, filling up arenas from Atlanta to Zurich this year. She has also shown off her acting skills on the show Bates Motel, and makes millions more from working with brands, serving as Puma’s creative director and shilling for Samsung. This year she launched her own cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty.


8. Britney Spears  $34 million
I call her the queen of drama, the "Toxic" singer is anything but, aging into a lucrative Las Vegas residency that brings her six-figure nightly fees. After taking a break to tour Asia this summer, Spears’ Piece of Me show is scheduled to wrap up at the end of 2017.

9. Katy Perry  $33 million
Though Perry didn't tour during our scoring period, she did release new album Witness—and earned millions from endorsement deals with the likes of CoverGirl, Claire's and H&M. Her upcoming gig on the American Idol reboot should pay her double-digit millions annually, and she’s also cashing in on a new tour launched this fall.

10. Barbra Streisand  $30 million
A huge draw even at age 75, Streisand grossed $46 million on her 14-show stint last year, adding to a career tour tally in the hundreds of millions. Streisand is the only act in history to have a No. 1 album in six consecutive decades. Next up: Netflix special Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!